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Because sometimes we get it wrong.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday I published an article entitled “Poor decisions, not puppies, are to blame for Union's struggles” that tried to dispel the myth that the gameday enhancements that have been made by the Philadelphia Union to get people to attend matches were not the cause of the club’s current record in the standings. I still believe this to be true.

It has however been brought to my attention that one line in the story was incorrect. “Attendance has declined every year since 2010, with last year being the nadir with an average of 17,519 tickets distributed (15th best in MLS).”

As a representative of the club pointed out, the 2016 figure of 17,519 was in fact better than the 2015 figure of 17,451. It was also pointed out that the 2017 average of 16,116 means “the club is also ahead from last year in paid and drop count" which is true.

I’m including a table that double sources all attendance figures from 2010 to 2016 and single sources the matches this year so you can see for yourself the attendance history of the Union.

The trust our readers put into us is sacrosanct. You need to be able to trust us to get it right as well as in the event that we err, trust that we will own up to our mistakes - no matter how small. While we’ll continuously work toward getting it right, know that we own up when we get it wrong.

As always, thanks for reading. C’mon the U!

Eugene Rupinski

Managing Editor, Brotherly Game